ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONSWhat are anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections are injections using fine needles to cause temporary weakness of the targeted facial muscles. By weakening the muscles we can soften and prevent lines and wrinkles caused by expressions like smiling, frowning and laughing.
What are anti-wrinkle injections used for?
Initially this treatment was used for non-cosmetic
medical treatments, and is still used for such treatments
as relieving the muscle spasms associated with conditions
such as cerebral palsy. It has been used as a wrinkle reducing cosmetic treatment since the 1980’s, and is now one of the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the world. Its main use is for dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles that are caused by underlying muscle movements. The muscles of the face are responsible for our expressions, but over time these expressions leave their marks – frown lines and crows feet are good examples. When anti-wrinkle injections are used on specific facial muscles, it stops or reduces the movement of the area, thereby giving the skin a chance to recover and permanent lines to soften. Common places for treatment include, but are not limited to, horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet around the eyes.
How long does the treatment last for?
On average the full effect of the treatment can last anywhere between eight to sixteen weeks. This can vary from person to person. Some people will find that two treatments per year is sufficient to soften their lines, while others will prefer to be treated strictly every twelve weeks to stop muscle movement reforming.
What can I expect after the treatment?
In the vast majority of cases, about fifteen minutes after your treatment there will be no sign that you have had anything done. For this reason, it has become a popular ‘lunchtime’ procedure. Some people will develop some redness or slight irritation at the injection sites and bruising or swelling is always a possibility. This will most likely clear up over a few days. Some people may also experience a headache or other flu-like symptoms. There are also less common side effects that your injector will make you aware of and discuss thoroughly with you.
When will the effects become apparent?
The effects of the treatment should become apparent after about three days, but this can take anywhere up to two weeks. After this time many practitioners will conduct a follow up assessment, to determine whether any ‘top up’ treatment is required. Your wrinkles should markedly improve, and your face will have a fresher and more youthful appearance for the next few months. Most practitioners will try to leave some movement in the muscles, to avoid a ‘frozen face’ appearance. As the treatment wears off, the movement will gradually return to your face, along with the wrinkles. Many people worry that their wrinkles will be worse after anti-wrinkle injections. This is not the case, and especially after long-term treatment combined with good skin care, the wrinkles should be improved as compared to your initial treatment.
What age should I start having anti-wrinkle injections?
This is a very subjective question and depends on your skin condition and how aggressively you want to treat your wrinkles. In the case of dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles formed only by expression), prevention is better than cure. Along with general measures, including minimizing sun exposure, not smoking and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, anti-wrinkle treatments can be a useful way of delaying the onset of wrinkles before they have formed at all. Once wrinkles are established, it is more difficult to eliminate them completely. If your aim is to have completely smooth skin, the best time to start anti-wrinkle treatments are when the lines formed by your expressions remain when your face is at rest.
Are there any reasons why I can’t have anti-wrinkle injections?
Due to lack of supporting evidence, you should not have this treatment if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive. You should not be treated if you have or have ever experienced a neuromuscular disorder such as a Bell’s Palsy or Myasthenia Gravis. Also some autoimmune conditions such as Lupus or Multiple Sclerosis should be treated with caution. You should discuss your current and past medical history, as well as your treatment aims with your practitioner to decide whether this treatment is right for you. You should also discuss whether there are any alternative treatments that may be better in your situation.
DERMAL FILLERSWhat are Dermal Fillers?
Your skin is composed of several layers. The outer layer, which is the part you can see,
is called the epidermis. This is mainly made up of a tough protein called keratin, which
acts as a barrier to the environment. Beneath this layer is the dermis, which contains a
lot of water along with structural proteins that help to keep the skin supple and elastic.
As we age, the dermis tends to become thinner, leading to loss of volume and
consequently, wrinkles. Dermal fillers are volumising substances injected into the
dermis, which thereby plump up the overlying skin and replace or enhance volume.
What are they made of?
There are many different fillers on the market which are classed as either absorbable
or non-absorbable, meaning whether they are able to be broken down by the body or
not. At Renew Cosmetic Professionals, we offer a range of fillers that differ in cost,
longevity and mode of action. You will find more information on the specific fillers in the
How are they implanted into the face?
All of the fillers that we offer are injectable gels and are able to be performed as a ‘lunch time procedure’. The majority of our fillers will rarely require much down time and all comfortably performed in the clinic. Depending on the procedure, a local or topical anesthetic may be used.
Are there any reasons why I cant have a Derma Filler?
Like the majority of cosmetic procedures, ladies who are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying to conceive are not suitable candidates. People with a known sensitivity to the active ingredients in the desired filler are not suitable, as well as some autoimmune conditions. Your past and present medical history, as well as your past cosmetic history will be assessed by your injector to determine your suitability.